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Old 11-04-2009, 03:03 PM   #76
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I have a 1995 Legacy and the 49449 worked fine for me. It's been in for three months and several rain storms, no problem.

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Old 11-13-2009, 08:17 PM   #77
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49449 has continued to work for several months on my 2002 WRX Wagon.

No failures.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #78
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So the wife was driving by herself when it started pouring. She was too afraid to shut the system off and let the wipers continuously hit the a pillar until it scratched in two places down to the primer . Oh well, I think I can just touch it up right with the Subaru touch up paint right?

I love NASIOC though. I had no idea how to fix the problem and NEVER heard of such an absurd problem for that matter so I was just about to go to the dealer, but after reading this thread, I now see how ridiculous that would have been! Going to fix this over the weekend, hopefully.
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Old 12-31-2009, 04:13 PM   #79
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Adding my experience to the story. I have a 2003 WRX and started getting the floppy wipers the other day. Many people helped here, but I recall info from ImprezaVA. I used the 49447. It's raining today and my wipers are working great.

I removed my wiper mechanism. Two ball sockets were loose. Popped them off. I used channel locks and a screw driver to squeeze and poke the fatter end in. No heat. That way I didn't mess up the little teeth. I also used 2 zip ties on each. Stacked them up since they were slender, two fit just perfect under the teeth. That kept it good and tight. Don't forget the white grease! Thank you all on the thread for the info.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:03 PM   #80
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For me:

49447 (Jeep version)

03 Wagon.

This morning, ice on the windshield caused my current configuration to pop out. I decided to take it apart and install another bushing. All of the same instructions here using the jeep bushing but here is what I ended up using:

1. plastic friendly grease
2. (2) 1/8 X 6in zip ties
3. Motormite Bushing.
4. Rubber/Foam washer from a faucet rebuild kit.

No melting. Use snips and cut just about 3mm off of each of the "fingers" on the cap side of the bushing. Try not to bend/warp them when cutting. Dont bend them up.

Push the bushing through the arm assembly hole, bottom/open side. It will be tight, but once in place, its secure. Dont cut anything to fit it, just shoehorn it in.

Insert a zip tie around the bushing top, looping the ears like belt loops on pants. Leave just enough of the head of the zip tie to allow you to wrap another around the wrist of the arm. This is important because it holds the BUSHING still when the arm moves. You dont want any sawing action from the bushing in the slot, it will break it eventually.

Grease up the port, cut the extra off, pop it on, reassemble done. I put the rubber grommet on the ball on top of the current one (which was worn). Here are a couple of examples. I already put the arm together and back before I took pics, but I mocked up an example.


It works much much better now.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #81
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I used the 49449 on a 98 impreza and it has worked just fine for the last several months. If something happens, I'll drop a line again.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:31 PM   #82
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Thank you all for the excellent resource! Fixed my lazy wiper in less than an hour.
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:03 PM   #83
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Amazing fix, I'm so glad the wiper smacking is over. 2 hour fix (broke a bushing). Easy sauce!!!! I love NASIOC
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:37 AM   #84
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I dealt with sloppy wipers for two years before I finally got pissed off and decided to reach in there and see what was up.

In my case, my wiper motor was removed by the previous owner and was re-assembled missing a part.

Said part is the white nylon washer circled here:


I didn't have any on hand, but replaced it with a subaru oil-drain-plug crush washer instead =)

Those of you that used the Nissan kit, did it come with a washer at all, or just the cap?

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Old 03-11-2010, 12:31 AM   #85
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I have a 2000 Legacy GT that I just fixed tonight thanks to your tips.
I had the dreaded 5" of extra sloppy-slap going on.

My linkage looks like the DRAWING in the first post. Fatter looking rods and stuff. I called up Autozone, they had both 49449 and 49447 in stock so I splurged and got both. I used tape on the windshield and marked the down position where I wanted the wipers to rest when back together. Disassembled and removed the linkage. Used a Sharpie pen to mark where parts lined up and criss-crossed before taking anything apart.

The worn nylon bushing on mine was only on the arm coming off the motor. I used 49449. It took me a bit of fussing to get it snapped in place, put a bit of grease on the bushing, then used the bench vise to squeeze while I pinched the "fingers" in with a needle nose pliers and a bit of coaxing with a flat screwdriver.

This REALLY helped: The 49449 looks a bit like a hat. I used one socket that the "top" of the hat fit inside so the vise would push on the shoulders of the bushing or the "brim". I used a second larger socket - larger than the hole in the connecting rod and the nylon bushing on the other side. Sandwiching the arm and bushing between the sockets in the vice applied even pressure and I didn't have to ask my wife for help

I left the little white nylon washer there. Greased the ball a bit, lined up all my Sharpie marks and snapped it together. Easy. Might even return the other kit and get $5 back

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:25 PM   #86
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Default HELP! p/n 49448 works too!

**EDIT - After reading through more of this thread: for anyone wanting to use p/n 49447, as is the most talked about one, p/n 49448 is MUCH easier and after it's all assmebled one can hardly tell the difference from stock. Just put it in a vice and cut about halfway with a hacksaw. Then use a garden hose washer. All as described below. Easy as...pie? lol, I am just so excited that after months of constant rain-x application in lieu of basically non-functioning wipers, this has been fixed

I had same problem with too much play in the wiper arm as well and wiper was getting stuck on the pillar . Turns out this is what the bushing looked like:
(Some of the flaring is gone)

Read this thread and went straight away to Autozone, but when I got there I was so flustered I forgot the p/n. Anyway I picked up 49448 and made it work easily by cutting it about in half here:

There was still some space between the linkage and bushing cap when all was assembled. Some were using a metal washer to fix this, but using a garden hose washer does the trick! Chances are you have an old hose lying around to pull one out of, or they are $.98 at Lowes. The rubber will compress and make it a super tight fit (no way going to slip off). However, while the joint does rotate freely, it does not have any gimbal movement like the others. This turned out to be a non issue and everything works great now!

Note order of assembly - cap bushing, hose washer, linkage, thin white plastic washer reused, then black washer:

Better than Bacon! ~$5 beats $80 for a new linkage.

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Old 03-30-2010, 10:16 PM   #87
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i just tried this... hope it works.
got part #675-1595 for toyota at napa. looks just like 49448, except i didn't cut it, i just snapped the whole thing in, eliminating the plastic and rubber washer that the linkage sits on. the bushing first snaps onto the linkage and then it will click onto the ball joint. then i just used some channel locks and the whole thing seated itself onto the ball joint with a very healthy snap!
once you remove the assembly it takes just a few minutes... super easy!
i haven't tried them doing 70 mph yet but i did run them on high and dry, seems good.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:22 PM   #88
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Guys!

Check this out

http://www.rockauto.com/dbphp/prt,42,49448

I got a set of these "HELP!" bushings from Advance. They look MUCH closer to the stock thing. You may not have to trim, I will fit them this week and report!
Yeah, I just used these.

I trimmed the first ~4mm off though to get it to fit flush against the rubber gasket on the rotating arm.

This fix has to be the most PITFA install I have ever done.

Too bad I have to do it again on my other RS

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:30 AM   #89
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I've had the 49449 bushing for about a year now, and it WON'T stay in. I don't know if the part just wears out or what, but it keeps popping out!

I'm not sure if I'm going to try 49448 or 49447...can anyone update me on if any of these two parts work long term? I can tell from the posts that they fit at first, but how do they hold up??

I've had to fix these darn wipers three times now...I'm thinking about just ponying up the $70 for the entire linkage from the dealership! ugh.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:17 PM   #90
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I have faced the same problem a while back on my accord. And often times the weakest "link" are those nylon socket bushings; those are what faces constant wear. The motor's are rarely the problem.

The cheapest route is to purchase the exact part (the nylon bushing) but if the dealer won't sell just the part then you're out of luck getting a new one.

You can try to pry one out from a junker but you risk damaging that one and have it pop out constantly when you install it in your car. As well, old ones have wear on it too.

I would just get the entire link assembly. Its not worth having wipers fail on you when you're caught in a storm. It's a shame to hear Subaru charges you so much for them. The ones for my accord only set me back 20 bucks. I've tried the cheap ways, it just frustrated me and I think I went into the wiper motor recess nearly 8 times just to mickey mouse something up.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:26 PM   #91
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I finally found a 98 impreza junked somewhere near by. The junkyard charged me $21 for the entire linkage and it works perfectly. I would recommend others to the same thing. It seems like monkeying around to do it on the cheap doesn't work out in the long run.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:47 PM   #92
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im having the same problem with my 04 sti and would like to know what part # should i use...i was thinking of using the ones that fit the 03 wrx since its the closest year to my car...any help will be appreciated..

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Old 10-05-2010, 04:30 PM   #93
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I'm having the 4" of slop issue and found this thread. I was thinking it was the motor, but the bad bushing sounds more likely. Guess I should pull everything apart again and check.

Last night I pulled off the wiper arms and the plastic cover and it seemed like it was the motr because I didn't detect any slop in the linkage, but I assume I just didn't dig deep enough.

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i just tried this... hope it works.
got part #675-1595 for toyota at napa. looks just like 49448, except i didn't cut it, i just snapped the whole thing in, eliminating the plastic and rubber washer that the linkage sits on. the bushing first snaps onto the linkage and then it will click onto the ball joint. then i just used some channel locks and the whole thing seated itself onto the ball joint with a very healthy snap!
once you remove the assembly it takes just a few minutes... super easy!
i haven't tried them doing 70 mph yet but i did run them on high and dry, seems good.
This sounds like the least ghetto/most promising replacement bushing. Any update, demoonangel?
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:59 PM   #94
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funny, a few months ago while coming home from work, my wiper just stopped working.So, I open up the cowl, and noticed the little white cap broke. No problem, I'll order a new linkage.

When I received the new linkage, I effed up the installation, and one of the linkage arm effing broke in half! Effing thing was made of plastic! Parts+ overnight shipping totals $180. I owned it for only 15 minutes before I broke it!

Now, I'm back at square one using the same damn linkage with swapped white caps.
And my wipers still hit the cowl and come back up before it rest.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:10 PM   #95
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Well, after about a year of working fine, my repair using the 49449 part popped apart. Of course, it was night and raining at the time, and I was about three miles from home. I drove home at 15 mph and went to the autoparts store for another 49449. The store didn't have the 49449, so I got the 49448 instead... just installed it over the weekend and it's working fine. If it gets me through another year, that's probably all the life I will get from this car (210k miles and starting to show rust).

And the linkage is an absolute PITA to work on, particularly when it's time to pop the plastic fitting back on the ball on the wiper motor. You can't see it and can barely feel it through the access holes. What I found is that I had to take the motor off and pop the plastic fitting on and off the motor a couple of times before I could re-assemble everything and get the plastic fitting to pop onto the motor with the mechanism in place.

Okay... one more year is all I ask.

--Bob

PS: In the process of fixing this wiper problem, I saw that the inner CV joint boot (on the passenger side) was torn. My wife has been complaining of ticking and knocking from that vicinity for the past couple of months, so that must be it. I just bought a replacement axle from the autoparts store and that's next week's project.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:11 PM   #96
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^^ I just take the arm off of the wiper motor and pull the connecting arm off of the wiper assembly.

Much easier to get it attached to the motor arm that way, then you put the rod back in, bolt it back to the wiper motor, then snap it into the passenger wiper assembly.

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Old 10-23-2010, 06:05 PM   #97
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I went the OEM linkage ($80) route since I really need my wipers to work in the winter. Pretty straight forward, though I had to take it all apart a second time because the motor shaft turned a little while removing the nut that holds the linkage to it so I had that problem where the wipers were going down a little before going up and then they didn't go up high enough.

The second time, I was careful not to let the motor shaft turn at all before marking the threaded end with a sharpie. That way, when the shaft inevitably spun while removing the nut at the end of it, I could turn it back to where it started, line everything up, and retighten. There are 3 dashes on the sheet metal part of the linkage assembly that the arrow on the linkage arm that attaches to the motor shaft is supposed to point at (the middle dash).

Other than loosing that stupid wiper linkage nut that my strut tower bar was in the way of and having to drive to the store to buy a new one, piece of cake.

Oh, one last issue. I got the driver side wiper arm installed perfect, but the passenger side was either too low or too high. The notched spindle the arm attaches too wouldn't allow it to go in between two settings where it would have been just right, so after like 6 tries, I decided the lower setting was the better of two evils. The wiper comes into contact with the cowl at the bottom of the windshield now, when the wipers are on the high setting, but I don't think it will be too big of an issue, hopefully. The higher setting had the PS wiper up way too high. It looked stupid and was actually in my line of sight. Oh well, I'm happy.

The bushing that was worn out on mine was, not surprisingly, the one closest to the motor. By looking at the system, it's definitely the one that would take the most abuse...
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:50 PM   #98
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Success!

49449 : 98 Forester L : Motor-side ball lever to arm

I replaced only the cap that connects to the motor ball lever so I couldn't tell you about the other linkages. I had a lot of slop before, like 6" of play at the wiper. The package comes with 2 pieces. #1 - was crushed by me trying to squeeze it in the arm. #2 - removed ONE of the little flexible arms on the part (to yield enough clearance to squeeze into the arm hole). A couple seconds with a heat gun, channel locks to the sockets to protect the part and it popped right in. I'll post again if it comes off or I have any issues. If not, all is good. Feel free to pm me or post a reply if my explanation didn't make sense.

Many thanks to all the contributors for fixing my wipers!
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:33 AM   #99
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i just tried this... hope it works.
got part #675-1595 for toyota at napa. looks just like 49448, except i didn't cut it, i just snapped the whole thing in, eliminating the plastic and rubber washer that the linkage sits on. the bushing first snaps onto the linkage and then it will click onto the ball joint. then i just used some channel locks and the whole thing seated itself onto the ball joint with a very healthy snap!
once you remove the assembly it takes just a few minutes... super easy!
i haven't tried them doing 70 mph yet but i did run them on high and dry, seems good.
went this route and have tried 3 different bushings on the one closest to the motor and IT ALWAYS POP OFF.... save your money on this one guys

im in canada so i we dont have autozone so im gonna have to source out that 49447 some how
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98 forester
bought all 3 kits
49447- best fit on the ball but no way in hell to fit it in the hole in the linkage
49448- not even close- not even
49449- took me a fair amount of heat and grease and frustration to get ut in there, broke 1 finger off the cap but functional now for about a month
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